These were among cases received recently by the Montgomery County Animal Services Division. For more information, call 240-773-5054. That number provides recorded information on such topics as the Montgomery County Animal Shelter hours and location, adoption and licensing procedures, rabies clinics and low-cost neutering.

Owner Fails to Hold His Horses

BOYDS, Darnestown Rd., 16000 block, Sept. 20. Three horses wandered onto a woman's property. The woman called animal services, and an officer contacted the man who owned the horses. The man said that he was new to equine ownership and that he would retrieve them. He and some of his employees made several attempts to corral the horses but failed. The woman then offered to help and was able to harness the horses. The horse owner led the animals home and received three fines, $100 each, for allowing horses to run loose.

Lizard Search Yields Squirrel

GERMANTOWN, Grey Eagle Ct., 12000 block, Sept. 19. A crew of workmen at an apartment complex saw a large iguana sunning in the parking lot. An animal services officer was summoned, but before he arrived, a resident took the reptile to a pet store. Meanwhile, an apartment employee told the officer about a baby squirrel a resident had in a bird cage, took the officer to the squirrel owner's apartment and showed him the baby squirrel in the cage. The officer found the squirrel had proper provisions, but it is illegal to house wildlife without a permit from the Department of Natural Resources. The officer posted a notice on the door of the apartment informing the resident of the law and the $2,500 fine for failure to comply. When the resident came home and read the notice, he took the squirrel to Second Chance Wildlife Center, where it was being cared for.

Dog Owner Fined for Chains

DERWOOD, Muncaster Mill Rd., 5900 block, Sept. 17. An animal services officer was at a home setting a humane trap for a feral cat when he noticed two German shepherds, a male and a female, in the next yard. Both dogs were tethered with choke-chain collars and had no access to water, food or shelter. Montgomery County requires that dogs be tethered by a harness. The dogs were in danger of entanglement and choking because of the chain collars. The officer posted a notice on the front door and took the dogs to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. Later that day, the owner called and retrieved the dogs after paying a $500 fine for violating tethering and shelter laws and paying $114 in impound and board fees.

Pets Available for Adoption

Dogs, cats and other pets will be available for adoption through the Montgomery County Humane Society at the following location. To confirm the schedule, call 240-773-5966.

Silver Spring

1-4 p.m. Saturday


12020 Cherry Hill Rd.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL